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Game Preview: 4/7/18 at Florida

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LAST GAME
Friday, April 6
Buffalo 5 at Tampa Bay 7
Goals: Mittelstadt, Nylander, Pominville, Nolan, Okposo
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/33 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 2/5; PK: 3/3; Shots: Tampa Bay 34 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 321)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 38 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 28 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 11 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 6 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 4 games
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 3 games
Zemgus Girgensons (face, April 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander and F Kevin Porter from Rochester (AHL)

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Florida on March 2
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 96th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-39-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-21-4 on the road against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 all-time (regular season) on April 7.
  • April 7, 1974: Rick Martin becomes first Sabre to score at least 50 goals in a season with a hat trick that pushed his total to 52 in the final game of the season, a 5-2 win vs. St. Louis.
  • April 7, 2007: The Sabres clinch the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history with a 2-0 win at Washington, breaking the record set one year prior with their 53rd win.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 23-16-7 all-time in the final game of the regular season, including a 6-4-2 record since 2005-06.
  • With losses in their last four games against Florida, the Sabres need a win tonight to avoid matching the team’s longest winless streak against the Panthers (0-4-1 from Jan. 9 to Dec. 6, 2014). The Sabres have never lost five straight matchups with the Panthers in regulation.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Panthers since Nov. 12, 2015.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 36 points (17+19) in his last 37 games dating back to Jan. 18. Reinhart has 19 goals in 42 games so far in 2018, tying him for 13th-most in the league since Jan. 1 after last night’s game.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Jason Pominville has totaled 38 points (15+23) in 41 career games against Florida, including nine points (4+5) in his last 10 meetings.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 games against the Panthers, including points in 13 of those contests and four two-point games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 games against the Panthers.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded nine points (3+6) in his last six games and has played at a point-per-game pace dating back to mid-November, with 49 points (21+28) in his last 49 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has posted eight points (3+5) in his last seven games, including each of his last five.
  • Sam Reinhart (4+2) and Rasmus Ristolainen (0+6) each have six points in their last five games.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored four goals in his last four games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s final of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 7-5 loss last night at Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 5-11-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-8-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (4).

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-5-1 record in their last 15 road games.
  • Jack Eichel has 37 points (11+26) in 34 road games this season. Eichel’s 1.09 points per game on the road this season ranked as the ninth-best rate in the NHL after last night’s game.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (10+7) in his last 16 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 18 points (4+14) in his last 20 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (1+8) in his last eight road games.
  • Kyle Okposo has five points (3+2) his last five road games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded a point in each of his last four road games (3+1).

QUARTER CENTURY KIDS

  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the first Sabre aged 21 or younger to reach the 25-goal mark since Pierre Turgeon did so in the 1990-91 season.
  • Sam Reinhart (22 years old) is one goal shy of the 25-goal mark. If he scores another goal this season, the Sabres would have two 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the first time since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette each topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,255) and faceoff percentage (60.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,255 wins through 80 games played rank second in NHL history; he needs 14 wins tonight to edge Rod Brind’Amour (1,268 in 2005-06) for the most by any NHL player in a season.
  • O’Reilly will become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17. Through 66 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 66 25 38 63 22 20 42

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 63 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 66 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 3.67 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,255 FOW (1st), 60.0% FO% (1st), 2,091 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jamie McGinn recorded 27 points (14+13) in 63 games for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season.
  • Mark Pysyk was taken by the Sabres in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In 125 games over four seasons, Pysyk recorded 26 points (5+21).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Pysyk at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian McCoshen at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.
  • Was named to Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey along with Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trochek.

Chad Johnson:

  • Johnson, and Radim Vrbata and Keith Yandle were teammates for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Yandle at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Aaron Ekblad share a birth date. O’Reilly was born on Feb. 7, 1991, and Ekblad was born on Feb. 7, 1996. The two also played together for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jamie McGinn for the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-2015.
  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Aleksander Barkov at the 2012 World U18 Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Michael Haley for the San Jose Sharks from 2014-2016. James Reimer was also on the team for part of the 2015-16 campaign.

NHL Draft:

  • Justin Falk (110th overall) was taken two picks before Colton Sceviour (112th overall) in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall by Minnesota), Alex Petrovic (36th overall) and Connor Brickley (50th overall) were all drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Jonathan Huberdeau (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) from 2009-2012 and for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Alexander Barkov (2nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Aaron Ekblad (1st overall) were the top two picks in the 2014 NHL Draft. Jared McCann (24th overall) was also taken in the first round in 2014.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (206), Girgensons (134), Nolan (123)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (113), Ristolainen (109), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (242), O’Reilly (226), Reinhart (184)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1
-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 3-7-0 (6), 24/40, 9/36, 16/24
81-82: 0-1-0 (0), 5/7, 2/5, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

RECENT MILESTONES
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL goal … April 6 at Tampa Bay
Alexander Nylander … 1st NHL goal … April 6 at Tampa Bay

Game Preview: 4/6/18 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, April 4
Ottawa 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Okposo
Goalie: Johnson (28 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Ottawa 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 314)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 37 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 27 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 10 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 5 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 3 games
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (face, April 4) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander and F Kevin Porter from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 in Tampa on Feb. 28
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 98th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 54-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-17-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-2 all-time on April 6.
  • April 6, 1980: Danny Gare scores twice in a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Aud to finish the regular season with 56 goals.
  • April 6, 1995: Craig Muni appears in his 100th game as a member of the Sabres, a 1-1 tie at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in each of the last two meetings between these teams, the Sabres enter tonight’s game with consecutive wins against the Lightning for the first time since March 19, 2012 and Feb. 26, 2013. A win tonight would stretch that streak to three games for the first time since Buffalo won four in a row from Oct. 4, 2009 to March 27, 2010
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 36 points (17+19) in his last 36 games dating back to Jan. 18. Reinhart has 19 goals in 41 games so far in 2018, tying him for 13th-most in the league since Jan. 1 entering play Thursday.

TOPPING TAMPA

  • The Sabres’ 29-17-3 (.622) record in Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time road record against any Eastern Conference opponent. The team’s next best road record against an Eastern Conference opponent is its 41-27-11 (.589) mark at Washington.
  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 54-35-8 (.598) against Tampa Bay is the team’s third-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 88-50-20 (.620) mark against Washington and their 115-69-26 (.610) record against Toronto.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded eight points (3+5) in his last five games and has played at a point-per-game pace dating back to mid-November, with 48 points (21+27) in his last 48 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has posted seven points (3+4) in his last six games, including each of his last four.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak, with six points (4+2) in those games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied five assists in his last four games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s final of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Florida. The Sabres are 5-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-8-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (4).

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-4-1 record in their last 14 road games.
  • Jack Eichel has 36 points (11+25) in 33 road games this season. Eichel’s 1.09 points per game on the road this season rank as the ninth-best rate in the NHL.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 18 points (11+7) in his last 18 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 17 points (4+13) in his last 19 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (1+7) in his last seven road games.
  • Kyle Okposo has four points (2+2) his last four road games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded a point in each of his last three road games (2+1).

QUARTER CENTURY KIDS

  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the first Sabre aged 21 or younger to reach the 25-goal mark since Pierre Turgeon did so in the 1990-91 season.
  • Sam Reinhart (22 years old) is one goal shy of the 25-goal mark. If he scores another goal this season, the Sabres would have two 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the first time since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette each topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,239) and faceoff percentage (60.1%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,239 wins through 79 games played rank second in NHL history and put him on pace to edge Rod Brind’Amour (1,268 in 2005-06) for the most by any NHL player in a season.
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17. Through 65 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 65 games, Eichel now has 22 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 65 games, he now has 42 even-strength points.

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 65 25 37 62 22 20 42

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 62 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 65 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/5 games)

  • Eichel: 3.66 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,239 FOW (1st), 60.1% FO% (1st), 2,061 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS

Former Sabres:

  • Cory Conacher was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2013-14 season, when he posted six points (3+3) in 19 games for Buffalo.

Local Players:

  • Ryan Callahan was born in Rochester, New York and played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Peter Budaj in Montreal from 2012-2014.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.
  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Peter Budaj for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh on the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.
  • Was born on July 25, 1992, two years to the day before Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Peter Budaj for the Los Angeles Kings from 2015-2017.

Alex Nylander:

  • He and Brayden Point were both born in Calgary, Alberta.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Shares a hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota with Ryan McDonagh.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.
  • Was teammates with Peter Budaj on the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2011.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller and Anton Stralman for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Yanni Gourde in the AHL on the Worcester Sharks from 2011-14.

Scott Wilson:

  • Teammates with Chris Kunitz for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014-2017.

World Championships:

  • Ryan O’Reilly represented Canada alongside Steven Stamkos in 2013, and again in 2016 World Cup.
  • Chad Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn all played for Team Canada at the World Championship in 2017.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov played together on the Russian team at the World Junior Championship in 2012.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov were teammates for Russia at the 2017 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pominville (55th overall) and Peter Budaj (63rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Victor Hedman (2nd overall) were both first round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and J.T. Miller (15th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Slater Koekkoek (10th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Alex Nylander (8th overall) was taken one pick before Mikhail Sergachev (9th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (202), Girgensons (134), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (111), Ristolainen (108), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (238), O’Reilly (224), Reinhart (183)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 3-7-0 (6), 24/40, 9/36, 16/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL assist … March 31 at Nashville

Game Preview: 4/4/18 vs. Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, April 2
Buffalo 2 at Toronto 5
Goals: Reinhart, Pominville
Goalie: Johnson (31 saves/36 shots)
PP: 2/5; PK: 1/3; Shots: Toronto 36 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 307)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 36 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 26 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 9 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 4 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 2 games
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 1 game
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, April 2) – 1 game
Brendan Guhle (upper body, April 2) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/30: Recalled G Adam Wilcox from Rochester (AHL)
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander and F Kevin Porter from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 4-3 (SO) in Ottawa on March 8
  • The Sabres are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 6-3-1 at home
  • This is the 137th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 67-49-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-22-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-10-2 all-time on April 4.
  • April 4, 1973: The Sabres appear in the first playoff game in franchise history, a 2-1 loss at Montreal.
  • April 4, 1981: The Sabres chase Red Wings goaltender Larry Lozinski with three goals on eight shots in the first period on the way to a 5-4 win in Detroit that featured two-goal performances by Tony McKegney and Andre Savard.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with an 8-5-1 record in their last 14 games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 11-11-3 record against the division this season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 24 points (10+14) in 24 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 35 points (17+18) in his last 35 games dating back to Jan. 18. Reinhart has 19 goals in 41 games so far in 2018, tying him for 12th-most in the league since Jan. 1 entering play Tuesday.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded eight points (3+5) in his last four games and has now played at a point-per-game pace dating back to mid-November, with 48 points (21+27) in his last 47 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has posted six points (2+4) in his last five games.
  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (2+2), his longest streak of the season, and has scored a goal in each of his last two games.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak, with five points (4+1) in those games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen is currently on a three-game assist streak, totaling five assists in his last three games.

I’M SENS-ING A PATTERN

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in 11 straight meetings with the Senators (8-0-3) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 20 of their last 26 games decided by a single goal. Nine of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout, including each of the last two.
  • The Sabres are 9-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 15 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.
  • The Sabres are 9-3-4 in their last 16 home games against the Senators, including points in each of their last four (3-0-1).

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 16 points (6+10) in 17 career games against Ottawa, including eight points (4+4) in his last eight.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 18 games against the Senators since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including six points (3+3) in the last six.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against the Senators.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last nine games against Ottawa.
  • Scott Wilson has scored in each of his last two games against the Senators.

QUARTER CENTURY KIDS

  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the first Sabre aged 21 or younger to reach the 25-goal mark since Pierre Turgeon did so in the 1990-91 season.
  • Sam Reinhart (22 years old) is one goal shy of the 25-goal mark. If he scores another goal this season, the Sabres would have two 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the first time since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,223) and faceoff percentage (60.1%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,223 wins through 78 games played already rank third in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,270
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17. Through 64 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 64 games, Eichel now has 22 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 64 games, he now has 42 even-strength points.

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 64 25 37 62 22 20 42
2017-18 (Pace) 67 26 39 65 23 21 44

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 62 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 64 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/3 games)

  • Eichel: 3.70 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,223 FOW (1st), 60.1% FO% (1st), 2,035 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:32 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

Nick Baptiste:

  • He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Played with Alexandre Burrows for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Bobby Ryan at the 2012 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season. Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken two picks after Bobby Ryan (2nd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Thomas Chabot (18th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (201), Girgensons (134), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (110), Ristolainen (108), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (237), O’Reilly (219), Reinhart (180)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 3-6-0 (6), 22/36, 9/33, 15/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL assist … March 31 at Nashville

Game Preview: 4/2/18 at Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 31
Buffalo 7 at Nashville 4
Goals: Reinhart (3), Okposo (2), Pominville, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (32 saves/36 shots)
PP: 4/9; PK: 3/4; Shots: Nashville 36 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 299)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 35 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 8 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 3 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 1 game
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAY
S
3/27: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/30: Recalled G Adam Wilcox from Rochester (AHL)
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Wednesday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 3-2 in Toronto on March 26
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 210th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-68-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-40-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-3 all-time on April 2.
  • April 2, 2011: Thomas Vanek records his 200th NHL goal in a 5-4 overtime loss at Washington.
  • April 2, 2013: Ryan Miller plays his 492nd game in the NHL, breaking Dominik Hasek’s franchise record for most games played by a goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with an 8-4-1 record in their last 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 11-10-3 record against the division this season.
  • The home team has won 25 of the last 33 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs. However, with wins in their last two visits, the Sabres are seeking wins in three consecutive visits to Toronto for the first time since the team won eight in a row from Feb. 21, 2008 to Dec. 21, 2009.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 34 points (16+18) in his last 34 games dating back to Jan. 18.
  • With his second career hat trick on Saturday at Nashville, Reinhart has 18 goals in 40 games so far in 2018, tying him for 16th-most in the league since Jan. 1.

SABRES-LEAFS

  • Chad Johnson has a 7-1-1 career record against Toronto with a .934 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 11 points (6+5) in eight career games against Toronto, including six points (3+3) in four road games. His six goals and 11 points against the Maple Leafs each tie as his highest marks against any NHL team.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded 10 points (4+6) in 10 career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Kyle Okposo has points in each of his last five games against Toronto, having totaled six points (1+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (3+2) in his last five games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted eight points (3+5) in eight games against Toronto since the beginning of last season.
  • Jason Pominville has faced off with the Maple Leafs 53 times as a member of the Sabres, totaling 52 points (20+32) in those matchups.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-3-1 record in their last 13 road games.
  • After tying a franchise record with five assists at Nashville on Saturday, Jack Eichel has 36 points (11+25) in 32 road games this season. Eichel’s 13 points per game on the road this season rank as the seventh-best rate among all NHL skaters.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (10+7) in his last 17 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 16 points (4+12) in his last 18 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points (1+6) in his last six road games.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game on a three-game road point streak, with four points (2+2) in those games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 149 of 159 shots faced in his last four road games (.937), earning wins in all four of those contests.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,212) and faceoff percentage (60.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,212 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,212 faceoff wins through 77 games played already rank sixth in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,275
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17. Through 63 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 63 games, Eichel now has 22 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 63 games, he now has 42 even-strength points.

 

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 63 25 37 62 22 20 42
2017-18 (Pace) 67 27 39 66 23 21 45

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 62 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 63 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed both his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/1 games)

  • Eichel: 3.71 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,212 FOW (1st), 60.3% FO% (1st), 2,009 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:33 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (198), Girgensons (132), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (107), Scandella (106), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (234), O’Reilly (212), Reinhart (177)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 3-5-0 (6), 20/31, 7/28, 14/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL assist … March 31 at Nashville

Game Preview: 3/31/18 at Nashville

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 29
Detroit 6 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Eichel, O’Reilly, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (17 saves/20 shots) / Johnson (9 saves/12 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 5/5; Shots: Detroit 32 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 294)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 34 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 24 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 7 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 2 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/25: Signed D Will Borgen to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/26: Signed F Casey Mittelstadt to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/27: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/30: Recalled G Adam Wilcox from Rochester (AHL)
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Monday, April 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PREDATORS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Nashville defeated Buffalo 4-0 in Buffalo on March 19
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 25th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 9-11-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-4-0 on the road against the Predators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-0 all-time on March 31.
  • March 31, 1971: Eddie Shack records his second hat trick in 10 days as the Sabres defeat the Penguins 6-4 in Pittsburgh.
  • March 31, 1992: The Sabres and Minnesota North Stars combine for 360 penalty minutes, including 188 to the Sabres and 172 to the North Stars. All three totals (for, against and combined) still stand as Sabres franchise records.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won each of the five meetings between these clubs in the last two seasons.
  • The Sabres have an 8-4-0 record all-time in Nashville. With wins in their last two visits, the Sabres haven’t lost in Nashville since March 21, 2015 and are looking to tie their series-best, three-game road winning streak against the Predators.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,201) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,201 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,201 faceoff wins through 76 games played already rank sixth in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,280
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has either topped or is on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 62 games, Eichel now has 22 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 62 games, he now has 41 even-strength points.

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 62 25 32 57 22 19 41
2017-18 (Pace) 67 27 35 62 24 21 44

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 57 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 62 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed both his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/30 games)

  • Eichel: 3.69 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,201 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,980 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-5th), 13 PPG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (197), Girgensons (131), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (106), Scandella (106), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (229), O’Reilly (207), Ristolainen (173)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 2-5-0 (4), 13/27, 3/19, 11/16

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 100th NHL point … March 26 at Toronto
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit